Digital Access to Museums
Digital access unlocks collections held in large and small organisations, making them discoverable and available for everyone.
Museums are responsible for maintaining history and culture from the past to the present and ensure that it will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
But time does erode memories and artefacts alike, yet with the technology available we are able to capture our history before it crumbles to dust ensuring it’s availability for decades and hopefully centuries to come.
Digital Access to Collections have created a practical toolkit with steps for volunteers and staff in small to medium organisations in Australia that are collecting digital items, undertaking digitisation, and providing online access to their collections.
There is a huge amount of resources available on assisting digitisation of your museum however Museums Galleries Australia have compiled them for you below.
Examples of digital strategies:
- Australia Government Digital Transformation Office standard – https://www.dto.gov.au/standard/
- Europeana strategy – http://strategy2020.europeana.eu/
- The US Digital Service: Digital Services Playbook – https://playbook.cio.gov/
- Tate digital strategy – http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/19/tate-digital-strategy-2013-15-digital-as-a-dimension-of-everything
- Oxford University GLAM strategy – http://www.glam.ox.ac.uk/digital-strategy
Collections Trust UK Digitisation ‘Going Digital’ – http://www.collectionstrust.org.uk/collections-link/going-digital/digitisation
Te Papa digitising collections – https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/learn/for-museums-and-galleries/how-guides/collection-management/digitising-collections
Digitising your collection –
Preserving born-digital collections
Digital images, National Library of New Zealand – https://natlib.govt.nz/collections/caring-for-your-collections/digital-images
Managing your digital records, National Library of Australia – https://www.nla.gov.au/blogs/preservation/2016/08/08/managing-your-digital-records
Digital Preservation project, National and State Libraries Australasia – http://www.nsla.org.au/projects/digital-preservation
Contribute your collections to Trove
The National Library of Australia’s Trove is a discovery service which brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations and provides tools to explore and build on the content.
You can contribute your digitised collections to Trove:
This site offers varied avenues to access and understand the Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim exhibition’s visual and textual content.
Examples of social media strategies:
- US National Archives – http://usnationalarchives.github.io/social-media-strategy/
- National Library of Australia – https://www.nla.gov.au/policy-and-planning/social-media
- National Museum Wales – https://museum.wales/blog/2015-06-16/Social-Media-Policy-for-Museums/
Australian Digital Alliance
The ADA is a broad coalition of copyright users and innovators who support copyright laws that strike a balance between providing reasonable incentives for creators, on one hand, and the wider public interest in the advancement of learning, innovation and culture, on the other – http://www.digital.org.au/about
Creative Commons provides resources which focus on understanding the principles of open licensing to help make your collections more open and engage your communities.
Writing for the web
How to write tangle free government guidance – http://www.scroll.co.uk/how-to-write-tangle-free-government-guidance/
Writing for the web resources – https://www.open2study.com/sites/default/files/Writing_for_the_Web-Further_Reading_1.pdf
Writing for the web articles – http://www.nngroup.com/topic/writing-web/
How and when to publish a blog – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/content-design/blogging
Writing for the web checklist – http://www.4syllables.com.au/resources/writers-checklist/
Other helpful resources
Museums and Galleries NSW resources – http://mgnsw.org.au/sector/resources/online-resources/
Museums and the web forum and conferences – http://www.museumsandtheweb.com/
Museum Computer Network: Advancing digital transformation in museums – http://mcn.edu/